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Become a trained ELP (Death Doula), providing holistic care for those at the end-of-life transition — embodying your life’s purpose and the evolution of your own being.

Receive the training you’ll need to support clients and their families through the death and dying process now — while also laying the foundation to continue your training and become a Certified ELP & Death Doula anytime you choose.

FEATURED EVENT

FREE ONLINE Q&A on July 11, 2024 at 5:30pm Pacific — Discover how often-overlooked heroes support and serve those at their end-of-life transition and their families — and find out whether this meaningful path might be calling to you, too. Learn more and sign up for the July session!

You’ll also hear about our immersive End-of-Life Practitioner & Death Doula Training and Certification Program.

What Does an End-of-Life Practitioner Do?

When you serve and support someone through their end-of-life journey — the most precious transition there is — you undergo an undeniable transformation.

Whether you’re a medical professional, therapist, or other practitioner who wants to serve clients more holistically, or you were there at the moment of a loved one’s death… you’ve witnessed an essential piece of life’s great mystery.

Now you can share this gift and step into your next

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evolution as you impact the end-of-life journey for others — integrating your Soul’s journey with your life’s work.

Our unique, holistic End-of-Life Practitioner (ELP) Training is designed to equip and empower you to support your clients in the death and dying process, in all dimensions — physical, psycho-social, and spiritual dimensions.

You’ll come away with the knowledge and skills to support those who are dying, as well as the families and friends that surround them — and you’ll have the foundation in place to continue your training…

Empowered by this foundational training, you can choose to continue on to become certified by The HeartWay as an End-of-Life Practitioner in our End-of-Life Practitioner Death Doula Training Program, which includes a supervised internship.

Our immersive, depth-training program encompasses every facet of the ELP’s role exploring this work through a multidisciplinary lens — from historical to mythological to therapeutic — so you’ll understand every facet of this deeply meaningful work, including how to advocate for your clients while navigating end-of-life medical communities.

Sadly, many Death Doula/ELP education programs are little more than weekend workshops that fall very short of properly training and preparing practitioners for this beautifully complex work.

Because we know that the work of an ELP is much more than just an occupation, the very best, multifaceted training is absolutely essential. In many ways, it’s a pivotal moment for those who feel called to this work. ELPs are on the cusp of formal accreditation, with a similar trajectory to chiropractors and acupuncturists.

What Does an End-of-Life Practitioner Do?

What Does an End-of-Life Practitioner Do?

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When you serve and support someone through their end-of-life journey — the most precious transition there is — you undergo an undeniable transformation.

Whether you’re a medical professional, therapist, or other practitioner who wants to serve clients more holistically, or you were there at the moment of a loved one’s death… you’ve witnessed an essential piece of life’s great mystery.

Now you can share this gift and step into your next evolution as you impact the end-of-life journey for others — integrating your Soul’s journey with your life’s work.

Our unique, holistic End-of-Life Practitioner (ELP) Training is designed to equip and empower you to support your clients in the death and dying process, in all dimensions — physical, psycho-social, and spiritual dimensions.

You’ll come away with the knowledge and skills to support those who are dying, as well as the families and friends that surround them — and you’ll have the foundation in place to continue your training…

Empowered by this foundational training, you can choose to continue on to become certified by The HeartWay as an End-of-Life Practitioner in our End-of-Life Practitioner Death Doula Training Program, which includes a supervised internship.

Our immersive, depth-training program encompasses every facet of the ELP’s role exploring this work through a multidisciplinary lens — from historical to mythological to therapeutic — so you’ll understand every facet of this deeply meaningful work, including how to advocate for your clients while navigating end-of-life medical communities.

Sadly, many Death Doula/ELP education programs are little more than weekend workshops that fall very short of properly training and preparing practitioners for this beautifully complex work.

Because we know that the work of an ELP is much more than just an occupation, the very best, multifaceted training is absolutely essential. In many ways, it’s a pivotal moment for those who feel called to this work. ELPs are on the cusp of formal accreditation, with a similar trajectory to chiropractors and acupuncturists.

Our immersive End-of-Life Practitioner Death Doula Training Program includes three modules: Level I, Level II, and a Supervised Internship. (Students generally take 9-12 months to complete training and hours for certification).

Our in-depth ELP program encompasses every facet of the ELP’s role — exploring this work through a deep historical, ethical, mythological, psychological, religious/spiritual, and therapeutic lens, so you’ll understand every facet of this deeply meaningful work.

Who Should Take the ELP Training?


We offer resources for all who feel called to embrace life through honoring death from front-line nurses, social workers, clinicians, clinical leaders, therapists, home and family caregivers — to death doulas and aspiring doulas, healing arts professionals, hospice, and palliative care volunteers.


Our foundational training prepares you with the exact skills and clinical experience necessary to be officially certified by The HeartWay as an End-of-Life Practitioner.

If you’re dedicated to transforming the environment around care for those with serious illnesses and those who are dying, this training is for you.

Who Should Take the
ELP Training?


We offer resources for all who feel called to embrace life through honoring death from front-line nurses, social workers, clinicians, clinical leaders, therapists, home and family caregivers — to death doulas and aspiring doulas, healing arts professionals, hospice, and palliative care volunteers.


Our foundational training prepares you with the exact skills and clinical experience necessary to be officially certified by The HeartWay as an End-of-Life Practitioner.

If you’re dedicated to transforming the environment around care for those with serious illnesses and those who are dying, this training is for you.

During our comprehensive training, you’ll:

  • Gain the knowledge, skills, and presence to provide practical, psychological, social, and spiritual support for the dying and their caregivers.
  • Become part of a vibrant community of end-of-life practitioners and death doulas.
  • Learn how to offer support during all phases of care, providing support for families as they transcend fears, and inspire peace, love, and compassion.
  • Train to provide compassion, lovingkindness, serenity, and joy.
  • Grow and bring deeper meaning in life.
  • Learn the skills you’ll need to work closely with Hospice and all end-of-life medical communities to coordinate the most ideal care for your clients.
  • Cultivate a lifelong connection to others in the field of end-of-life care.
During our comprehensive
training, you’ll:
  • Gain the knowledge, skills, and presence to provide practical, psychological, social, and spiritual support for the dying and their caregivers.
  • Become part of a vibrant community of end-of-life practitioners and death doulas.
  • Learn how to offer support during all phases of care, providing support for families as they transcend fears, and inspire peace, love, and compassion.
  • Train to provide compassion, lovingkindness, serenity, and joy.
  • Grow and bring deeper meaning in life.
  • Learn the skills you’ll need to work closely with Hospice and all end-of-life medical communities to coordinate the most ideal care for your clients.
  • Cultivate a lifelong connection to others in the field of end-of-life care.
REGISTER NOW
REGISTER NOW

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No Words to Describe This Process

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Why Train With Us?

Our approach to care is compassion-focused and relationship-centered, featuring the
foundational training to support your personal and professional development.

The HeartWay Certification is our foundational training designed to help you strengthen your capacity for compassionate service and enhance spiritual development.

Upon completion of this training, you’ll have the skills necessary to provide ELP and Death Doula Services.

This extraordinary training experience empowers you to face your own fears around mortality. By helping others do the same, you’ll make a significant contribution to the evolution of your own being — and help others embrace life through honoring death.

Why Train With Us?

Our approach to care is compassion-focused and relationship-centered, featuring the
foundational training to support your personal and professional development.

The HeartWay Certification is our foundational training designed to help you strengthen your capacity for compassionate service and enhance spiritual development.

Upon completion of this training, you’ll have the skills necessary to provide ELP and Death Doula Services.

This extraordinary training experience empowers you to face your own fears around mortality. By helping others do the same, you’ll make a significant contribution to the evolution of your own being — and help others embrace life through honoring death.

Our ELP Training program is designed for:

  • Front-line nurses
  • Social workers
  • Clinicians
  • Clinical leaders
  • Educators
  • Home and family caregivers
  • Healing arts professionals
  • Hospice and palliative care volunteers
  • And all who are called to embrace life thru honoring death

Our
Comprehensive, Foundational Curriculum:

  • Module I: End-of-Life Historical Perspectives
  • Module II: Understanding Death thru Life Span and Historical and Cultural Perspectives in Western and Eastern Culture
  • Module III: Religious/Spiritual Beliefs, Philosophies, and Attitudes
  • Module IV: Mythologies of Death
  • Module V: End-of-Life Infrastructure
  • Module VI: Laws and Patient Rights

Payment Options

Payment Options

We make it easy to pay your tuition with our convenient payment options. In addition to a single payment option, we also offer a 12-payment plan (*must begin by Noon Pacific on June 30, 2024). You pay monthly and it’s easy to enroll. Choose the plan that works best for you below.

Because of our devoted donors and partners, we offer generous tuition assistance for qualified students — including an opportunity to receive an additional $1,000 scholarship! You can get all the details and apply for tuition assistance here. (To qualify for the $1000 scholarship, you must first qualify for tuition assistance.)

Apply by noon Pacific June 30, 2024 to qualify for the scholarship. (Must apply for partial tuition assistance at least 48 hours prior to deadline in order to file scholarship paperwork on time.)

One-Pay

$5,500

(If a one-time payment is made before your first session)

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12-Pay

$480/mo

(When paid monthly over the
course of 12 months.)

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Online Meeting Schedule

Level I

September 19-22, 2024
October 18-20, 2024
November 15-17, 2024

 Level II

April 24-28, 2025*
(*In-person in Nevada City)
May 16-18, 2025
June 6-8, 2025

Online Meeting
Schedule

Level I

September 19-22, 2024
October 18-20, 2024
November 15-17, 2024

 Level II

April 24-28, 2025*
(*In-person in Nevada City)
May 16-18, 2025
June 6-8, 2025

Guest Faculty

You’ll learn from our guest presenters, each with specific expertise, as you deepen and enrich your journey.

Guest Faculty

You’ll learn from our guest presenters, each with specific expertise, as you deepen and enrich your journey.

Gina Vucci

Founder, SheMarkets Group

Dan Vicario, M.D.

Medical & Integrative Oncologist

As a student in End-of-Life Practitioner & Death Doula Training Program, you’ll receive:

As a student in
End-of-Life Practitioner & Death Doula Training Program, you’ll receive:

  • Textbook. You’ll receive our BRAND NEW textbook, complete with learning objectives, lessons, assignments, practices, guides, and more.
  • Interactive Online Classes.
    Video Recordings of Class Sessions. After each class, video recordings will be available for you to stream anytime you need a refresher.
  • Audio Recordings of Class Sessions. After each class, audio recordings will be available for you to stream anytime you need a refresher.
  • Class Session Presentation Slides. You’ll also receive the presentation slides after each session is completed. You can then review, print, and highlight the most important insights and practices you were given.
  • Resources and Materials for Integration. You’ll receive articles,
  • Online Community. You’ll have opportunities to interact with your fellow students to take your exploration to an even deeper level — as part of a vibrant community of end-of-life practitioners and death doulas.

Meet Dr. Andrea Deerheart


Andrea Deerheart, PhD
, is the founder of The HeartWay, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to embracing life through honoring death. Her pioneering work draws on her wisdom gathered over decades spent providing loving care and healing to those on the journey of conscious living and dying. Andrea’s primary work and teaching focus on issues related to aging, radiant well-being, cultural mythology, death and dying, and living a more compassionate life — as well as grief, loss, and mindful, compassionate care.

The author of the recording Yoga Nidra: Graceful Transitions, Andrea is also a 500hrRYT yoga instructor (the highest international standard for yoga teachers), a Certified Yoga Nidra Instructor, and a sought-after consultant, educator, writer, and poet.